Syntroleum unveils hydrate recovery process

Collecting and recovering methane hydrates-the ice-like solids formed by the entrapment of natural gas molecules in ice at very low temperatures-and doing so economically has long been a major challenge for the oil and gas industry.Syntroleum Corp., Tulsa, was recently awarded a patent for its method of freeing, recovering, and converting to liquids gas from hydrates trapped on the sea floor. The comprehensive system, says Syntroleum, would "substantially eliminate or reduce" certain problems related to other hydrate recovery methods. Click here to enlarge imageVast quantities of methane hydrates are believed to exist. The US Geological Survey pegs worldwide natural gas resources from me...

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